Kungu Al-mahadi Adam, a journalist working with Top Media in Uganda, is protesting government’s continued ban on operations of salons, by abandoning cutting off his hair and beards until the decision is reversed.
Kungu, who is also a writer with a local online publication, says government has deliberately neglected saloon operators since announcing the ban in March yet many of these people solely depend on their salon work for survival.
According to Kungu, government has been able to come up with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for malls, taxis, arcades, markets and private means of transport to resume operations, something he argues can as well be applied to salons.
“Just like traders, taxi drivers and owners, and boda boda cyclists, saloon attendants were as well affected by the pandemic. Government has found ways for allowing some of these people to resume work, but remained tight-lipped on salons, why? I have two saloon attendants whom I have been feeding since the announcement of the closure and I really painfully see what they go through to sustain their families, it is bad, it is ugly,” Kungu said on Thursday.
“It really hurts to see other people aided to work by government through putting up guidelines for them to follow and neglect the salon attendants. Four months without earning anything yet some other Ugandans are working is unfair,” notes Kungu.
He explains that since no body is coming out to air out the grievances of people who depend on saloons for survival, him being the voice of the voiceless, he has severally used the pen and microphone to reach out to government to put in place guidelines for salons to open and resume business but his efforts have hit a dead end.
“After failing to make headways in having saloons opened using my different media platforms, I have now decided not cut off my hair and the beards until government listens and acts. SOPs for saloons can be put in place and our brothers and sisters start work again. We can’t look on until we see them die of stress and hunger,” he explains.
He says much as he appreciates government for guiding the country on COVID-19, time has come for the people to be allowed back to work this time under established guidelines, other than slapping a complete ban on them.
Salons were among the business whose operation was suspend by government on March 18, as one of the measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.